174p., 90 B/W, 13 Col. & 11 Line Illus., Bib., Index, 29 cm.
Unlike the usual academic enquiries in the history of art, Pahari Painting is imbued with personal feelings of the author.
The author has studied in intriguing pattern of stylistic development of the art of painting in the north-western Himalayan region. How the decorative formalism imbued the sophisticated naturalism of Mughal painting is linked up with the political situation in the region, and the migration of the artists and their families to the small Himalayan kingdoms. And the resultant change in style, artistic conventions and technique also reflects the changing aesthetic taste of the royal patrons of the region in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The author has studied all the important collections of Pahari Paintings in India, Europe and the USA. She has referred to many heretofore unpublished specimens in her analysis of crucial stylistic changes, particularly, in such important centers as Kangra and Guler.